What is Modern Herbology? Part 1 of a 4 Part Series

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There are many herbalists that rely on gathering ( wildcrafting) their own herbs from fields, mountains and streams.  The modern herbalist might use a blend of cultural or traditional practices.  Growers, practitioners, educators and small to larger manufacturer’s all consider themselves herbalists.  A blending of the old and new is now taking place.

Herbal medicine employs many different types of plants ranging in strength from herbs, which can be taken with relative safety, to plants that may have toxicity and should be used only by trained professionals. In the United States herbal medicine usually refers to the use of plants that are indigenous to Europe and Northern America. There are, on the other hand, many different disciplines of herbal medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which uses plants native to China and Asia and Ayurvedic herbal medicine, which uses plants native to India. Herbal Medicine is the oldest known form…

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